Jesus no! Satan yes!

By Hal Lindsey

Students and parents have to prepare in advance for the inevitable lawsuits that immediately follow any effort to form a Bible club at a public school. Such a club would instantly be squashed by school officials who view themselves as watchdogs protecting students from being exposed to Christianity.

A San Mateo high school recently formed a club based on the teachings of the First Church of Satan, founded by Anton LeVey. They call themselves The Satanic Thought Society. Co-president of the club James Doolittle admits he originally started the club with his friend Matt Heeney just to “rile things up a bit.”

But now that the two juniors have studied the teachings of the late LaVey, they say Satanism helps people to express themselves. Doolittle says, “Its [Satanism’s] purpose is to turn man back into a natural state and not have him corrupted by religion.” In a flier posted around the school, the club says its goal is to, “Divide church from state completely.”

According to Anton LaVey’s website, LaVey started the Church of Satan in 1966 under the theory that Satan is not a supernatural being, but rather a symbol of defiance and rebellion against a conformist, God-fearing society. But I studied Anton LaVey in the early 1970s, and he certainly seemed to believe that Satan was a real spirit being.

At the club’s first meeting on Wednesday during the school’s lunch hour approximately 35 students attended. Associate Student Body President Joe Izzo said, “The club is about sharing opinions and views.” Izzo attended the meeting and joined the club.

Principal Jacqueline McEvoy claims that under the federal Equal Access Act for Secondary Schools, the school must allow this club to exist. It was even announced on the school’s loudspeaker that a Satanism club had formed.

Evidently, the only views and opinions not worthy of being allowed on campus are those of the Christian students. This proves again that it isn’t the general separation of church and state that is the goal. Public schools accept all religions as long as they are not Christian and do not believe the Bible.

Satan is still alive and well. He seems to have found a home in our public school systems. It is because Christians have stood by and done nothing that the forces of evil have barred Christianity from our schools. And officials wonder why violence has increased so dramatically in our schools. Students are literally insulated from the Bible and Jesus Christ. They can talk about the teachings of Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, etc. But they cannot discuss Jesus Christ or His teachings.

This is what Jesus Christ said to those who reject the truth, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:44-47). This is the underlying reason why Satan Clubs are welcome and Christianity is not on our school campuses.

If Christians let this issue pass without a full-blown fight, we will deserve to be pushed out of what little public expression we still have in this country.